Le Gus’t Demerara 2002/20191 May 2019
Back to leGus’t where we stayed on a very nice impression with the two previous bottlings, his “demeroni” that make quite good vibes …
So this day is the last declination of these demerara’s “Caroni style”, always with the version “full proof” and another “optimum proof” wich is the one that would be the most enjoyable tasting for the bottler.
Optimum Proof (58.8%)
Color: pale gold, rather oily
Nose: very fruity, on orange, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar … and a hint of garage oil 🙂
This nose is rather generous despite the 58 watts of this version and remains very greedy and pastry chef.
Affiliation with the late Trinidad distillery is still there.
Palate: Bold, oil, dirty, vanilla, fruits, almonds, pear, apple, wood.
It’s very sweet, creamy, on citrus fruits, vanilla and a fine oak. Notes of spices such as nutmeg are also present as well as a hint of licorice.
Price: 145 €
Conclusion: a beautiful caroni … er a beautiful demerara pleasure, greedy and generous. Very simple and pleasant to taste, I really like the work and the care given to the reduction. Well done guys !
Full Proof (65.7%)
Color: substantially the same as the optimum version.
Nose: quite closed to the first nose, the one opens after a few minutes on the fruits with lemon, clementines, orange, and a big burnt caramel.
Spices including nutmeg are also present but more discreet.
The power is here more restrictive and alcohol is actually quite present.
Palate: caroni full with oil, hydrocarbons, stewed fruit, wood with a slight astringency in the finish.
Crazy length on dark chocolate, licorice.
Price: 162 €
Conclusion: nice full proof version but still much less pleasant to tasting than the optimum … if I had to crack it would be clearly for the reduced version that brings more elegance and softness.
In all cases, two very beautiful products …